Best new playlists, shows, and exclusives on Apple Music in May 2018


This week, Apple Music offers up an exclusive performance recording featuring Shawn Mendes in a one night-only engagement during which he played music from his new album.

  • Apple Music Presents: Shawn Mendes, One Night Only - Check it out! (opens in new tab)

Best of Beats 1

One of the best parts of Apple's Beats 1 is the lineup of unique shows that the station has assembled. Apple Music subscribers can listen to each full episode on demand, or skip to the new playlist with tracks from that week's show. This week, we've got new episodes from Elton John, St. Vincent, and Pizza Boys.

  • Rocket Hour - Elton John hops on FaceTime for a talk with Tom Misch to discuss the release of Misch's new album, Geography. Music on the playlist this week includes Parker Millsap, George Ezra, Childish Gambino, and Irit.
  • St. Vincent's Mixtape Delivery Service - This week, St. Vincent helps a listener combat feelings of inadequacy that she's facing have moved to a new city, with a mix starring the likes of Phoenix, Paolo Conte, Arctic Monkeys, and Gino Soccio.
  • Start Making Sense - Jehnny Beth welcomes Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, the frontman of Iceage, to talk about the things that make music 'dangerous' while also playing music from Jadu Heart, Frank Ocean L I M, and Franz Ferdinand.

Essential Playlists

Apple Music features a number of carefully curated playlists built both by its own experts as well as several influential publications and companies. These lists highlight the week's best music, interesting artists that you should be listening to, and more, and are constantly updated with fresh tracks.

Music playlists

  • Best of the Week - The Apple Music team has collected the week's biggest and best tracks into a new updating list. This week, enjoy music from Pusha T, Shawn Mendes, ZAYN, and Taylor Swift. - Get the playlist (opens in new tab)
  • Today's Hits - Keep track of the top music of the moment with this handy list from Apple, currently led by the likes of Shawn Mendes, Selena Gomez, NOTD, and Ariana Grande. - Get the playlist (opens in new tab)
  • Today's Chill - Sit back and relax with this list list of popular, calm music. The downtempo hits on the list are currently provided by Clapton's, Tep No, Dizzy, Kasbo, and many more. - Get the playlist (opens in new tab)

Video playlists

  • Video Premieres - These are the videos that you'll see for the first time on Apple Music from musicians like Guns N' Roses, A Tribe Called Questions, YEBBA, Kylie Minogue, and many more. - Watch the list (opens in new tab)
  • Y2K Pop Videos - Relive the turn of the century with a collection of music from the top artists of the time like Britney Spears, SPice Girls, Destiny's Child, and Alicia Keys. - Watch the list (opens in new tab)
  • Classic Indie Videos - Check out some of the great indie music videos from the 90s to now in a list starring the likes of The Breeders, Nirvana, LCD Soundsystem, and Joy Division. - Watch the list (opens in new tab)

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Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

  • Thank you for this. Is this column weekly, or just one time only?
  • Weekly!
  • Thanks for the....wait...what?! No mention on iMore of Prince finally coming to streaming services & Apple Music?! Downright shameful. :-( "If it's to be, it's up to me," I guess. 😉 (FWIW: No comments were allowed on the "Best New Music on iTunes" thread.) Sent from the iMore App
  • I wish it were easier to discover and share curated playlists from non-Apple sources. It would be nice if iMore could cover the best and easiest ways to discover, browse and share user-created playlists for Apple Music.
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  • Appreciate this info, I find it useful. Keep it up. In other related issues, do you have any idea why Apple Music continues to put songs in my favorites playlist that I have disliked? This has been happening since I signed up over a year ago, and it just won't stop recommending songs that I don't like. It has really become a sticking point in my continued subscription.